Portuguese Salutations

Socializing with Portuguese-speaking people will be a lot more fun when you know a few Portuguese salutations. Even if you’re still a beginner learner, these common Portuguese expressions will help you fit in and feel part of the conversation.  

This free lesson will show you how to welcome someone in Portuguese, wish them luck, or a safe journey. Maybe you want to congratulate someone, or even apologize – either way, this Portuguese language lesson is not to be missed.   

Listen carefully to the pronunciation and practice saying the phrases aloud until you’re ready to try them out in a Portuguese conversation for real!

Pronouncing Portuguese salutations

When someone is sick, you can say:

When someone passes away, you can use this phrase:

If someone sneezes, you can say:

The following phrase is very common in Brazil during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

Brazilians send their “hugs” to friends, relatives and acquaintances. What they mean by this is the same as when we say in English “Best wishes to…”:

If a Brazilian woman is wishing her best to another woman or close friends (even if they are male friends), she can say:

Don’t be alarmed! It’s only a demonstration of friendship and that they care for you!

Let’s review how to apologize. The easiest way to apologize in Portuguese is to say…

Or in a more casual way...

You could also say…

A very polite, but less common way of apologizing in Portuguese is to say…

If someone stepped on your toes and apologized you might want to say…

And there you have it, another lesson in the bag! Congratulations!

Ate breve!

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